We've got nine top tips to make sure your gift list is easy to make and to buy from - are you ready to start compiling it?
Amongst finding the perfect dress, trying 50 different wedding cake flavours and moving the seating plan around for months, another super fun job of planning a wedding is creating that all important gift list. Make sure you make the most of your wedding gift list by choosing the right one for you.
Most people may ask, what could possibly go wrong picking loads of things you want and having other people buy them? Well a lot actually… No, we’re just joking. There is however a lot more that goes into it than people may think and these are our top tips that you just have to read before creating the best wedding gift list ever.
What Type of Gift List Do You Want?
There are loads of different types of wedding list companies which are available online. Some companies offer specific types of services and have rules as to what you can add and where you can add them from so make sure you know all of the information about a company before you use them.
Before you create your guest list and choose a service to go with, speak to a recently married couple and ask them how they went about creating their list. They may have some really useful tips and ideas on what they would have done differently which could be really helpful for you and your fiancé. Talk to them about which services they looked at using and what type of things they asked for. There’s no one better to speak to than those who have been there and done it.
Vary the Budgets
To ensure that your gift list is accessible and fair, vary the items from low cost to more expensive items so that your guests have a sizable choice on what to buy for you without having to stretch their budget. The last thing you want is to make any of your guests feel pressured into spending more money on a gift from your list than they can maybe afford. On the other hand, some guests will want to spend more and get you something really special, as well as the guests who will decide to chip in and buy a higher priced item together – so make sure there are a variety of items in your list.
There are no rules to say that every item on your list has to be bought, so don’t just put a limited selection on there. A lot of couples get shy of adding too many presents onto the list with the fear that they will seem greedy or rude, but this is not the case. There may be a lot of attendees with similar budgets and as things are being bought for you and being ticked off the list, they may struggle to find something for themselves to buy so having a large number of gifts gives choice. It also adds an element of surprise as to what you get if you provide a choice for people.
Leave Enough Time
We advise you to create your gift list around six months before your wedding to give your guests plenty of time to buy their chosen present. If you leave it too late you pose the risk of things that you like being out of stock and your guests may run out of time to get them. You will also find that choosing who to host your gift list with will be a longer process than anticipated and if you don’t start looking early, you may then find yourself rushing the decision and not being fully satisfied.
Think carefully about what type of gifts you want, if you are struggling, we have tips on how to make the most of your wedding gift list by choosing one that suits your needs. There are many different types of gifts you can ask for, but consider what you need, maybe household appliances, garden furniture or even towards your dream honeymoon. Use it to your advantage as there probably won’t be another time where you can put together a list of all your desirables and have everyone else pay for them!
Make Sure it’s Accessible
Some of your guests may be less savvy with the internet and online buying, so make sure that the site you choose to use is accessible and easy to navigate around. Some sites have facilities where you can tick that you are going to buy an item without physically ordering it from that site. This way, your guests who don’t feel comfortable internet shopping can pick an item and then go out to the shop and buy it.
Have Someone Else Monitor It
So as to not ruin the surprise, have a bridesmaid or your mother monitor the list once you have created it. Choose everything you and your partner could possibly wish for, and then hand over control to someone else. This way you won’t drive yourself crazy seeing what people are choosing and it gives you a little bit of surprise when you open the gifts that have been bought for you – even though you did choose them yourself! Another reason for this is that there are so many planning aspects that go into a wedding, as we’re sure you’re slowly discovering, and the last thing you need is to be distracted by who is buying what on your gift list.
Don’t Forget Thank You Notes
You’ve planned the wedding, the gift list worked perfectly, and now you get to live your own marital Christmas day and open all of your gifts. Amongst the excitement of opening dozens of presents, make sure you keep tabs on who each gift is from and make yet another list. Thank you cards may seem like a small thing, but they really mean a lot to your guests and it is really important that you do them to show your appreciation. We also have a guide to writing your wedding thank you notes to help you along the way.
If you’re looking for some seriously fancy – or completely ridiculous – gift list inspiration, why not read about our favourite celebrity wedding gift lists?